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Inside Cycling (Aug 21st, 2019)

Hi! Check out the latest news on pro cycling and court cases from the cycling world, plus find out the fruit that helps with both on-bike performance and post-ride recovery… — Hailey Hudson

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1. Evan Huffman retired from pro cycling. Huffman, a now-former Astana rider, is 29 years old and announced his retirement last week. His final race was the Tour of Utah. Throughout his career, Huffman won 20 pro races as well as a few regional and international events. He took the victory at the 2017 Tour of Alberta and 2017 Tour of the Gila. Huffman said he wasn’t truly enjoying racing anymore; whereas his races used to be primarily domestic, requiring weeklong trips, lately he’s been overseas for weeks at a time. It was hard for him to be constantly on the road, away from his home and his wife. Huffman and wife Heather plan to now start a family. He’s also looking forward to having his weekends free and not having to train. — VELONEWS

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2. Police found the vehicle that struck Andrew Bernstein, former Bicycling editor who was in a hit-and-run. Bernstein was riding in Boulder, Colorado, on July 20 when a car struck him from behind and did not stop. Bernstein was injured and sedated for three weeks. In the last month, though, he’s made progress — still undergoing treatment and looking forward to beginning rehab. And now, police have a lead on the vehicle that hit him. — BICYCLING

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3. By the Numbers: Cyclist fatalities are rising and so is the number of cyclists who ride on dirt instead of the road. In the U.S. in 2018, fatalities jumped 10 percent over 2017. In New York City alone, 19 cyclists have died so far this year. So now many cyclists are moving to the dirt. Trail running has nine million participants (compared to just a few million 10 years ago); bike shops in Toronto are selling gravel bikes at a nine-to-one ratio with road bikes. And the Vermont Mountain Bike Association has grown from just 1,250 members in 2014 to over 6,250 members today. — OUTSIDE ONLINE

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4. A new tour lets you see the Boston Harbor while pedaling a boat and drinking beer. Cycleboat Boston offers tours of the Harbor; the boat has pedal stations for 10 riders (and a motor, too). You can bring your own beer and snacks. Each tour lasts two hours and starts and stops at Pier 6 Restaurant in Charlestown. The cycleboat is very social and the pedaling isn’t strenuous at all. — THE BOSTON GLOBE

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5. Watermelon can improve your performance on the bike. This delicious fruit improves your oxygen uptake, and the ability to use oxygen efficiently boosts your performance. The carbs in watermelon also help you recover post-ride, and a study showed watermelon juice can reduce muscle soreness. Watermelon is also very hydrating. Try making a watermelon smoothie or popsicle if you don’t want to eat it straight. — BICYCLING

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6. Cycling Canada announced its 2019 World Championships team. Seventy-one cyclists will ride for Canada at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships beginning on August 28th. The championships are being held in Quebec this year, so it’s a home-field advantage for the Canadian cyclists with 50,000 spectators expected. — PINKBIKE

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7. The teen driver who killed Jose Alzariz in New York has been charged. Police arrested 18-year-old Mirza Baig this week, almost a week after the incident. They charged him with manslaughter, vehicular assault, speeding and more, equaling 11 charges in all. Baig was arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court, with his lawyer saying the killing was an accident. Baig posted a $10,000 cash bail to be released and will appear again in court on October 23rd. — NEW YORK POST

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8. Come join us on Twitter! Not only do we have a constantly-evolving Top 100 Twitter list of the best cycling accounts to follow, but Inside Cycling now has its own Twitter account, too. Follow us to stay on top of breaking cycling news every day, not just when the newsletter comes out, and to join in the conversation about what’s happening in the cycling world.

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9. The city of Atlanta is implementing temporary bike lanes. Several e-scooter riders died on Atlanta streets this summer, and with the increase in e-bike and e-scooter use, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is going to set up temporary barriers to create designated space for bikes. The city has also been coming down hard on dockless vehicles. — CURBED ATLANTA

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10. Loplift created a bike that essentially combines a treadmill and e-bike. Facebook users in the closed group Global Cycling Network Community discussed the bike, which looks more like a scooter; you walk on the bike to generate power. “It’s answering a question nobody has asked,” one user said about the bike. — FACEBOOK

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Inside Cycling is written and curated by Hailey Hudson, an Atlanta freelance writer with a love for all things fitness and sports. Hailey performs an equal mix of journalism and content marketing services for clients such as Sitejabber, Barnes & Noble Education and FloSports. In her spare time, she writes YA novels, tap dances and snuggles with her beagle puppy Sophie. Follow her on Instagram @haileyh412.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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